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  1. traditional added a topic in Under Glass: Pickups, Vans, SUVs, Light Commercial   

    Larry's amazing scratchbuilt '57 Jeep pickup

    During the winter, my brother visits here to use my weather-proof paint booth. Larry has been working steadily for 3 months on a 1/25 1957 Jeep pickup. With a ton of reference, he started the project using only a Speccast cab from a toy coin bank with no opening features. After cutting open the doors (rotary tool) he soon realized that the cab had inaccurate proportions and required noticable modification to the fenders, roof, cowl, entire back panel and the complete windshield area. Using mostly brass, he fabricated the entire chassis rails and crossmembers (including steering, shocks,and spring main leaves), pickup box and rear gate, floor, engine compartment (firewall, fender wells, radiator, etc.), grill, hood, bumper, wheel rims and back hubs, windshield and vent window frames. Using Styrene stock, he scratch built the complete 'Super Hurricane 226' 6 cyl. side valve engine, brake drums, differential carriers, transmission/transfer case, interior dash, heater, door panels, and seat (upholstered in actual leather with wire piping). There are many further fine details such as fuel line, brake lines and hoses, wiring, mirrors, door handles and cranks, and the list goes on. The finished model is now painted to represent factory correct Glenwood Green (basecoat/clearcoat) and features steering, opening doors, tailgate, glove box door, opened cowl vent, and pivoting vent windows. When all is said and done, the only purchased and unaltered items are the headlights and tires. Though it is a fairly small truck, its uniqueness, weight, durability, proportion, overall stance, and myriad of detail both surprised and impressed me.

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  2. traditional added a topic in Under Glass   

    Deuce Sedan "Old school but not same old same old"
    Just finishing this chopped Deuce sedan and ,just to try something different, I used a handmade brass and aluminum suicide front suspension (ahead of the grill) and sprintcar style steering, as well as cycle fenders (lathe turned to look like the old spare tire cover style).
    The engine hood is fabricated in brass with tiny hinges so that it will fold in typical deuce style. Engine is a '50s style tri carb Oldsmobile (detailed with wiring, hoses, linkages, and fuel lines) and the rear axle is also late-model with handmade aluminum transverse spring, shackles and shocks etc. Carpeting is felt and the paint is basecoat/clearcoat. The grille insert is from Model car garage used on a Revell deuce roadster grille-shell.  The radiator is fashioned in polished brass, and the door hinges are made from wire and aluminum tubing

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  3. traditional added a topic in Under Glass   

    '36 Ford 3-Window Traditional Rod
    I've just completed this '36 Rod using the coupe roof from a Revell/Monogram kit and adapting it to a diecast stock roadster 'derelict parts car'.
    The Revell/Monogram kit, while attractive looking,  has the deck proportion too short and the Danbury coupe model has the deck proportion too long. Since I already had a couple of derelict FM roadster bodies in my parts bin, I decided to adapt the plastic kit's  roof to the roadster body, separating the door detail to facilitate opening doors,  all to make a hot rod with what I think are improved. proportions. The adapting of the plastic roof to the metal body required mechanically fastening the plastic with stiff styrene coated wire to insure that the epoxy glue wasn't the only joiner.
     I used a small block Chevy motor from my parts bin (detailed with the usual wiring, plumbing, fuel lines and tri-carb linkage) as well as an Oldsmobile rear axle (from the Revell Beatnik Bandit) and fabricated a new transverse spring from individual leaves (sheet aluminum) as well as the shackles, etc.  The wheels are modified from the Beatnik-Bandit (mounted on tires from my parts bin), all the trim is done with plated jewelry wire, interior carpet is tan felt, and the paint is custom mixed Pthalo-green over pearl automotive basecoat/clearcoat.

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  4. traditional added a post in a topic My 2015 Builds.   

    Wow Niko, I absolutely love your '60 hard-top. It looks just like the 348 powered Chevies that I used to see at the drags when I was just a young kid first attending the races back in the day.  I'd ride my bicycle miles to sneak into the drag races ( I'm sure the officials knew my brother and I had sneaked in, but they didn't bother us).....It was the first time I'd ever seen the W motors, and watching them race made me a  Chevy fan for life.  Congratulations, everything about your restoration looks just right!  Merry Xmas and a happy 2016 to you and your family.
  5. traditional added a post in a topic My 4 finished builds for 2015   

    The Napco was done by combining the front clip from a '58 to a derelict '57 diecast and uses both diecast and scratchbuilt Napco parts. I build models in all materials but I like the challenge of working in metal.

  6. traditional added a post in a topic Not a lot of model got built this year...   

    Peter, you always build super clean models with perfect foil trim.  A Quality year for sure!   All gorgeous models.
  7. traditional added a post in a topic 1906 Bianchi Revised   

    Harry, Like all your other 'brass era' models, the workmanship is absolutely exemplary, and the subject matter is so refreshingly non mainstream.....SUPERB !
  8. traditional added a post in a topic My 4 finished builds for 2015   

    Oops, you're correct..........I meant to type in '54 Chevy Traditional Full Custom.   Thank you for your sharp eye... I've corrected it now.  
  9. traditional added a topic in Under Glass   

    My 4 finished builds for 2015
    Since it's unlikely I'll complete another before the new year, here goes.........
    I hope you all have a great Xmas and a happy new year.

    '54 Chevy Traditional full custom

    "41 Chevy late '60s street rod

    '58 Chevy 'Napco 4 wheel drive' Suburban

    Deuce 5 window with 348 Chevy power
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  10. traditional added a topic in Under Glass   

    '54 Chevy late '50s/early '60s Full Custom
    I've just completed this traditional full custom '54 Chevy from a derelict stock diecast (missing some parts) to which I've chopped the top ,added custom headlight and taillight detail, changed the side trim, modified and detailed the six cylinder motor, added a custom roll-n-pleat interior, carpeted the interior and trunk with white felt, added custom exhaust, and used a bunch of period custom touches throughout the body. The project has taken well over 100 hours to complete and while I'm sure i'll be fiddling with lots of details for the next few days, I consider it complete at this point.
    Materials used include styrene, tin, aluminum, brass, plated jewelry wire, felt, bondo, polycarbonate, and, of course, the original diecast and plastic. etc. 

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  11. traditional added a topic in Under Glass   

    '41 Chevy Standard Coupe...late '60s traditional street rod
    This one has taken a lot of time and although I'll be tweaking lots of details for a few days to come, these are the first pics of the vehicle in relatively finished condition. 
    This '41 Chevy coupe was done from a relatively crude and disproportionate 1/24 Testors kit, so there was a major amount of modification to the proportions in all respects, the most important of which were: raising and re-contouring the roof, opening up (and re-contouring) all windows, recessing the grille area, lowering and re-contouring the rocker panel, cutting open the trunk and forming a trunk-lid and its tiny hinges in aluminum, and fabricating tight swing door hinges. 
    I used simple and clean '40s Chev truck bumpers, and I've added subtle '60s era custom touches throughout  the model (including a brass fuel-filler door). 
    The kit engine is now replaced with a detailed 396" Chevy (wiring, plumbing, fuel line, linkage, return spring, mesh filter, etc.) and the wheels are Chevy disc-brake style, painted with Alclad and Humbrol orange. 
    The hood is louvered, interior (and trunk) carpeting is in felt, upholstery is custom tuck-n-roll, and the new front seat backs fold forward for access to the rear seat. 
    The complete exhaust system (including the lakes plugs) is custom made.
    When I decided to make a '41 Chevy coupe, I originally gave some thought to beginning this project with a Danbury Mint '41 Chevy coupe but they're expensive, very rare, and they, too, have a slightly too low and too flat roof. Besides, I really enjoy a challenge. 
    Paint is custom mixed 'pearl orange russet' and the building materials used include: styrene, clear polycarbonate, aluminum, brass, silver wire, Bondo, felt, vinyl, resin, and diecast.

    Full size '41 Chevy 'greenhouse area

    Testors' disproportionate body shapes
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  12. traditional added a post in a topic Bos-Models resin...1982 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham   

    Evidently, according to a few youtube restorations that I've watched for reference,, the Cadillac at that time (with all the emissions controls of the era) had only a single tailpipe. It, like most other American cars of the era, was bad on fuel and was quite slow in the performance department. I don't profess to be at all knowledgeable about any luxury cars,....they've never been my area of interest, but I do generally like the models being produced by BOS-MODELS in resin because they usually have nice finishes, are quite well detailed with fine trim and flush windows and, as far as limited edition resin models go, they're relatively inexpensive (around $98 US) . They also seem to only do models of cars that haven't been done at all by the diecast or plastic manufacturers, so they have a relatively interesting bunch of models of delightfully less popular vehicles, including some Eastern European cars (Trabant, Tatra, Wartburg, etc.).
    I still collect mostly 'opening ' diecast models, but I'm also just fine with the 'curbside' resin models as long as they're well done and reasonably inexpensive. My two favorite brands of 1/18 resin models are the Bos-Models and Otto Mobile (from France) as well as a few higher priced Neo resin models (although I haven't bought any of them for a while because of their higher price point).
    Most of the limited edition1/18 resin models manufacturers are asking upwards of around US$300 which I find excessive. When they went on sale at a local automotive collectible shop, I did buy a couple of '50s era Buick Motorama show cars from Minichamps.....the Wildcat, and Centurion shown below.

  13. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    Bos-Models resin...1982 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
    I've just received this 1/18 resin model and, although I'm not a 'luxury car guy', this model is beautifully finished. of Bos-Models' best reproductions of an American car, in my opinion.
    In the last pic, I've added my two other 'Bos'  American cars...a Cadillac Eldorado and a '57 Imperial......both of which are quite attractive, but fall far short of this Fleetwood Brougham in proportion and detail.  The Eldorado required lots of added work with foil as well as changing the 'pimp style' whitewalls to more appropriate narrow white-walls, and the Imperial is disproportionately wide and low in the 'greenhouse' area.
    Bos-Models has done lots of well done European vehicles but it's taken them a few tries to get the American cars reasonably well.
    The best source that I've found for Bos-Models in the US is through 'American Excellence'.....their prices seem to usually be less than half of the typical Ebay prices.

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  14. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    Bos-Models' 1/18 Lotus XI (with modified windshield)
    The Lotus XI was built from 1956 until 1958 as a collaboration between Colin Chapman (Lotus cars) and Frank Costin (aerodynamic stylist).  I think that this lightweight race car was exceptionally pretty even by today's standards, and, for years, there have been companies producing reproductions of them for use as club racers. .
    Bos-Models' little racer originally depicted a version that was used for a speed record using an enclosed canopy.....very well done, but I wanted the more common open cockpit version using a low windscreen (but still with the headrest styling), so the canopy was removed and a polycarbonate windscreen was cut and formed to replace it.
    Bos also makes the non-headrest version of this Lotus for those who want an open cockpit racer that already uses a low windscreen.
    The best prices that I can find for Bos-Models in the US is from American Excellence.  I'm not affiliated with them in any way.

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  15. traditional added a post in a topic My old Revell 56 Mercury 1/32   

    I believe that once Revell modified the Mercury and the Buick versions into customs (circa 1960) , the tooling may have been too expensive to refurbish back into stock versions again. Fortunately, over the years, I've been able to find all the 1955 and 1956 versions of these kits in unbuilt condition. 
    I think that the 1955 tooling was probably modified to produce the 1956 versions so they, alsowouldnt be feasible for reintroduction.